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post #1 of 5 Old 02-03-2009, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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What to do with her now?...

Lacy and I seem to be making some progress with having her respect me and behaving herself, generally. I've been round penning her everytime I go out there and making her turn around and stop etc and it really seems to be helping. Last week I started lunging her too after we round pen just so she can canter since she can't canter in the round pen and she's been doing really really well. I also rode her on Saturday for the first time in a month maybe and she was a little pushy but she settled in quickly and respected me.
Anyway, now that it's getting closer to spring I'd like some suggestions about what I should teach her now. I ride her English because that's what I feel most comfortable doing but I could switch her over to western. She has what would call a medium-ish stride. Here's her trot (sorry for how big the picture is):

She does neck-rein and she does sidepass (with anger in her eyes,) I've made really tiny (1 foot/6 inches) jumps for her when I'm lunging her and she gets over them fine... I've never ridden her over a jump. My trainer thinks she could be excellent at dressage but I've never done dressage and my trainer hasnt either.
I would just say she's a trail horse but she hates trails... Maybe it's kinda futile to even try to make her be anything better at her age but I'd like to try or atleast play at trying.

She's a 20 year old Arabian if that helps.

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There's not that much info to go on here. Sounds like you may be continuing from another thread?

If the horse is in good health & sound, 20yo is not much past her prime. Of course she won't become an athlete at that age, but there shouldn't be anything 'normal' she can't do just because of her age.

What do you WANT to do with her? Eg. if you're happy riding english, why go western? If you want to trail ride, work towards that - take her out & about on lead first. Work out what she 'hates' about trails - is it being without her herd, unconfident in strange environs...?

Re sidepassing, it may be pain, confusion, fear(from confusion), but it's not likely to be anger.
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I always go with training tricks and whatnot. At least until (or if) you figure out something you want to do with her.
If it were me I'd probably work on dressage, or if you're interested in going western, reining.
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post #4 of 5 Old 02-04-2009, 08:07 AM
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I think dressage would be wonderful especially for her age. Great conditioning for her to keep her going .
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post #5 of 5 Old 02-04-2009, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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Do you have any tips about how to get started with dressage? Or should I go start another thread in the appropriate forum?

And I'm planning on working on her fear of trails this summer too. She's fine until she decides she doesn't want to do it anymore then she totally freaks out and starts rearing and bucking. She's fine on the ground, it's just a riding issue. And that's what I've been really working on lately, getting her to respect me as her leader. =)
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